Theo James To Star In New Independent Film, FrannyBy: Tobias Roth - September 28, 2013
Theo James, the young British actor, has been cast in Franny. Franny is an upcoming film that has already cast Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning. The plot features a philanthropist who meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an effort to relive his past. Richard Gere will play the main character, while Fanning and James are set to play one of the couples that he gets involved with, Olivia and James.
James was most recently involved with the film Divergent, a based on a young adult novel, and which also stars Shailene Woodley and is set to be released on March 21, 2014. He made his debut in the Woody Allen’s film, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, but is most notable for his role in Downton Abbey as Kemal Pamuk, according to E Online. He also got the lead on CBS’ new drama Golden Boy. Before his role on Downton Abbey, he also appeared in the BBC series, Bedlam.
James joins Fanning, who gained much of her recognition as a young child star in films such as War of The Worlds and I Am Sam. The pair seem a bit oddly matched, especially with their age difference, in order to play a married couple. James is 28, while Fanning is only 19, which can be a very big difference at the point in their lives. In addition, as Fanning is known for her child roles, it is hard to think of her being grown up and in a marriage with someone older than her. Fanning also had a role in one of the Twilight films.
Fanning’s most recent film was The Last of Robin Hood, about the later years of Errol Flynn, also starring Susan Sarandon and Kevin Kline. The new film Franny, is brought to audiences from a new filmmaker, making his directorial debut. Deadline mentions that Andrew Renzi is directing the film from a script that he wrote, after developing it at this year’s Sundance Screenwriters Lab. The pair of young actors are also excited about joining the veteran actor Richard Gere, who is just coming off of his Golden Globe nomination for his film Arbitrage.
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